It’s called Express Entry.
This is the primary immigration for foreigners seeking work in Canada. And it’s only available for “skilled” jobs.
We’ll explain what “skilled” occupations include, and the process that’ll let your new employees reside permanently.
But First – National Occupational Classification
Known as the (NOC) code, this defines the skill level of a job. They’re divided into D, C, B, A, and 0.
Those skill levels look at the level of experience, education, and on-job training is needed for workers to perform their duties. With that in mind, you can better assess your employees’ immigration pathways.
As for what each code refers to:
- 0 = Management positions
- A = Jobs requiring a university degree
- B = Technical jobs and skilled trades (may require apprenticeship training or college)
C and D occupations require you follow a different immigration pathway.
However, do note that NOC classifications will be changed in late 2022. No details have been released thus far on occupations that will be available (or unavailable) for Express Entry.
Changes won’t impact immigrant-hiring procedures.
Second – Employers Require an LMIA
Most employers need that document. Also called a Labor Market Impact Assessment, this is acquired from the ESDC (Employment and Social Development Canada).
The LMIA is a document that proves you couldn’t find a Canadian to take the position.
Getting an LMIA has only one requirement, this being:
- Employers need to post the vacant job at the Government of Canada’s Job Bank (plus) two other locations.
Upon acceptance you get a positive LMIA, allowing you to hire overseas.
Helping Your Employees Get Express Entry Points
Express Entry is a points-based system. The LMIA helps your employees get extra points on their job offer, though this isn’t a requirement.
And, the more points an employee has, the greater the likelihood they receive an invitation for Canadian immigration.
However, employees can still apply on their own without an employer’s help.
What if an Employee Isn’t an Express Entry Candidate?
They can check to see whether they’re eligible for Canada’s other immigration programs. Those include:
- Federal Skilled Trade Program
- Canadian Experience Class
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
If they are eligible, then you can make an Express Entry profile. After uploading all your employee’s documents, they’ll be scored according to their age, credentials, and additional factors.
Next, an Express Entry draw will be held, where the employee will be invited for a permanent residency application.
Creating a Job Offer
While it’s not necessary, it increases an employee’s chance of getting extra points.
A valid job offer grants 50 extra points for B, A, and 0 occupations. In some cases, codes that start with 00 ma receive 200 points on their offers.
Valid job offers must be full-time with 30 hours of work per week. The job offer must last for a year minimum, up until the employee receives permanent residency.
The only method for employees to get job offers (with no LMIA) is if they carry an LMIA-exempt and employer-specific work permit.
This means hiring them without going through the LMIA process, assuming the employee already had a different work permit. In that case, you’ll still need to get an LMIA for them to get the job offer points.
Which Employers Don’t Require an LMIA?
LMIA’s aren’t necessary if:
- An employer made one after originally hiring a foreign worker – then decided to add at least a year to their job offer (letting the employee get a permanent residency visa)
- An employee worked full-time with you for a year (or part-time for the same amount of hours) in Canada, while carrying an active work permit that was LMIA exempt through an international agreement….
- Alternatively, the work permit may be categorized under the International Mobility Program and is seen as a significant benefit to Canada’s interests.
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